We love Dora in this house. She tromps through the jungle, solves puzzles, outwits trolls, evades bears, captains a pirate ship, creates maps, travels the world, rescues animals, discovers volcanoes, plays soccer, climbs mountains, and crosses crocodile-infested waters. Best of all, she’s a girl of colour doing all these things, in a world packed with buff-white-guy superheroes and glittering submissive fairy princesses. Dora’s a Hoyden from way back.
And, as Red No. 3 notes, Dora looks like an ordinary kid. She is kid-sized, kid-shaped, and growing a bit too fast for her shirt to keep up.
No. They have pinned Dora down and given her the Disney Princess makeover. Her effigies are now distinguished by their skinniness, fashion sense, sparkles, dancing, and “beautiful “comb-able” hair”. Previously an action hero, Dora is now an object to be gawked at and manipulated. Her only post-Barbification functions are to preen and cook and pose and twirl and shimmy and sing, to be beautiful and passive and feminine. A sampling:
When girls place Dora into her magic seashell, Dora sings as she spins around and raises her arms as her skirt grows into a mermaid’s tail. At the end of the transformation, Dora will shimmy back and forth during the remainder of the song.
Fairy Wishes Dora is a magical doll that little girls will love! Girls simply touch the special magic wand to Dora’s star necklace, and Dora will magically come to life! Dora will blink her eyes, smile, look surprised, sing, and make wishes with little girls! She even sings the Wishing Fairy song! Fairy Wishes Dora is dressed in her beautiful fairy dress, sparkly wings, and tiara.
So – I guess Cousin Diego’s going to be taking over the adventuring and animal-rescuing business from now on. Farewell, Hoyden Dora. It was great while it lasted.